Similar to Davis-Bacon, on July 1, 2021, the State of Colorado has established Senate Bill 19-196 (SB 19-196), which indicates that state-funded public work projects that do not receive federal funding would be subject to prevailing wage requirements. This Bill would require:

  1. Weekly prevailing wage to be paid to laborers and mechanics employed on public works projects that has a contract value of $500,000 or more.
  2. Apprenticeship utilization requirements of C.R.S. ยง24-92-115 be followed if the state-funded public work project exceeds $1 million dollars.
  3. Statutory provisions in such contracts and proper prevailing wage rate posting shall be applied.

Such implementation is the responsibility of the Office of the State Architect.

Compliance Tips:

  • Public works include construction, alteration, repair, demolition, or improvement of any land, building, structure, facility, road, highway, bridge, or other public improvement, so long as it does not receive federal funding and is awarded by an agency of the state government. It can also be public work projects that is performed by a private party through a contract with a government agency that intends to lease, rent, or purchase at least 50 percent of the project.
  • The City of Denver has specific prevailing wage requirements. For more information please visit: